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I have used a one man mechanic that jumped out on his own couple months from being a certified BMW mechanic. I plan to bring the V10 to him, put on the computer and have him look over the 2 turbos to see what gives. I can pick up this V10 for $3500. The body is in good shape, no wrecks. there is no owners manual so I would have to pick up one to see what the heck the 500 switches and buttons inside are all about. It appears this thing has auto leveling, and 4 wheel turning of some kind. Geez guys this like you say could be a money pit. My goal was to have this to pull my boat (22ft. Pathfinder). I don't think my Passat TDI has enough twist in her to do a good job. Guess I could look for a Touareg 6 TDI but will have to pay more for sure. The AC is basically a freezer so that is good for Louisiana. Will just see what gives with the computer check. I took some pics of the dash when I inspected it today and ran the motor for 20 minutes or so. It seems to take some time to warm up but the motor ran smooth with little to no knock. For sure, would need to put lots of grease on your hand to get inside this engine compartment to work on anything. I can see why they say you just pull the engine to do anything.
Thinking that if I can keep the motor viable she could be ok. Has 174K on her which is not much for a diesel really.
Any other suggestions besides 'run' away as fast as possible...one of my first questions is getting parts that fit, like worn out buttons for windows etc etc, all paint or color is gone.